Greek navy becomes first customer for Spanish Alpha UAV

by David Ing

Spanish company Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS) has won an order to supply five of its Alpha 900 helicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Hellenic Navy.

It will be the company's first major client for its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance platform, which first flew in 2020.

AUS's chief executive officer Eric Freeman told Janes on 18 November that the company also hopes to confirm another client soon for the coastguard authority of “a South Asian country”.


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Philippines eyes second Pohang-class corvette

by Manasvi Shanker Sharma

A total of 24 ships of this class were built and commissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in four batches between 1984 and 1993. Of these, 10 are still in service with the RoKN, while several others have been transferred to countries including Egypt, Peru, Vietnam, and Colombia.

The Philippine Navy (PN) appears to be moving ahead with plans to acquire another retired South Korean Pohang-class corvette.

The vessel under consideration is ex-ROKS Andong (ex-PCC 771), which was withdrawn from RoKN service in December 2020.


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Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

by Cem Devrim Yaylali

M/V Ocean Grand passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats, Sumy (ex- Ocracoke ) and Fastiv (ex- Washington ), on board. (Devrim Yaylalı)

Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.

The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (ex-Washington


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Indra to supply upgraded Pegaso defence system for Korean KSS-lll SSK

by David Ing

Indra is to supply South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with an upgraded version of its Pegaso electronic support measures (ESM) system for fitting to the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) first KSS-III-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) of the second batch.

Announcing the contract on 25 November, the Spanish group said its system “offered the probability of intercepting enemy signals in its working band close to 100%”.


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